BOLTZ7555 (2879) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer’s most redeeming quality, without doubt, is it’s nose...resin, pine, citrus, and floral notes fill the nostrils. A very fresh aroma...color is burnt orange, crystal clear, with a 1/2 inch eggshell head. Decent carbonation. Not quite the depth of flavor that other IPA’s have but still enjoyable. Sharp bitterness, lemongrass, pine and grapefruit. Not bad but not amazing.
17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2009 [2008 chico’s estate] After opening the bottle I can already tell I’m not going to like it as much as Southern Hemisphere. Pours a clear glowing dark orange amber with a large billowing off-white foam on top. Disappoint aroma, not bad, just not nearly as fresh and strong as the other Harvest ales. Aroma of green hops, spicy and earthy, not much citrus or resin, slightly sweet caramel malts. Flavor is quite earthy and herbal over top of a lightly sweet toasted caramel malt base. Hops are very bitter in an earthy way but not bright at all. Medium body, sudsy carbonation, not sticky at all, but not really substantive either. Easy drinking, but the hops are very earthy and bitter in a unripened banana kind of way. 18.104.22.168.14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
[2009 full estate] Pours a hazy glowing amber orange with a super tall sticky foamy off-white froth, very sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet and juicy, but seemingly light and airy, some bread and light toffee, dry pine needles, fairly delicate. Flavor follows, almost a bit English tasting, light rich toffee, dry piney hops. Not anywhere near worth $13. Ridiculous... I support the idea though... but take a look at Sierra Nevada’s doesn’t really need anymore money... 22.214.171.124.14
drewbeerme (3886) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
24oz bottle, 2008 vintage, released a few weeks ago. pours amber with fluffy white head. nose is earthy, floral, slightly green, some caramel malts. flavor is much of the same with some toasted malt and citrus hop finish. not really a green hop bomb while the bitterness is underplayed, lacks a real green hop presence, somewhat similar to the Southern Hem.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - OCT 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Listed as Chico IPA. Amber color. Aroma is grapefruit, citrus, caramel, with that typical SN house flavor/feel. Medium bodied, well balanced and solid. Not all that adventurous though.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at World Beer Fest Oct 08. Bright orange/amber pour. Earthy/resiny/skunky/herby aroma; sweet and with generous malt backbone. Distinctive as far as SN Pale Ales/IPAs go, particularly the level of malt. Not overly bitter, and not an especially crisp finish. Interesting.
Svesse (6716) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival, 26 Sep 2008. At least I think it was this version of the Harvest Ale) Amber colour with rocky, beige head. Fruity, malty nose with notes of toffee, caramel, orange peel and apricots. Fruity, malty taste with orange peel, apricots and a dry, citrussy, resiny bitterness in the finish. Above medium body, balanced sweetness. Lots of taste and everything in stunning balance. Brilliant beer!
luttonm (2868) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
24oz’r - Tawny copper color with pretty white head, which is notable. sweet (brown sugar) and wild flower nose. Sticky bitter with more roast/malt than I would have expected. Not as flowery taste as I’d guess from a wet/fresh hop but still a nice deviation from a standard ipa.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 2, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at hollingshead deli
dark golden color w/ a white head. a bit hoppy, but not as much as I expected. an OK IPA.
Earlier Rating: 12/15/2006 Total Score: 3
I’m just finding my notes. I had this on tap at either Pizza Port or the Stone 10th party; I don’t remember...
Dark amber pour, medium white head, some hop flavor.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber with a medium white head. Rich hop nose, earthy and a resiny, very floral with a warm malt base. Well balanced, enough caramel malt base to give it body and balance the hops. Good fresh hops come through, lots of floral hopping, oily and resiny hop character.
asedzie (641) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2009 2008 Chico Estate Wet Hop Ale 4.99/24 oz. - Nose is spicy. earthy- hints of soil-like aroma throughout- mildly floral hops. Flavor is nicely balanced, mild malt sweetness against vegetal, slightly oily and mildly bitter hop flavors. Flavor is nicely rounded but has many different dimensions of hop flavor. Some lingering bitterness and oiliness follows in the finish. A really wonderful, very expressive brew! Certainly tastes of the place it was brewed.
2009 Estate Brewer’s Harvest Ale 9.99/24 oz- Since RB seems to lack a separate entry for this beer I will put this here. Bottle. Intense copper color, small off-white head. First aroma detected is white wine-like viniousness, then mild pine needles, very light sour notes, some buiscuity dough. Flavor is lightly funky, slight fruitiness from the hops upfront. Hops dominate, malt has soft, subdued character, very faint sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel. Finish has lingering bright pine needle hop quality, mild earth/soil. One of the most complex Pale Ales/IPA’s I’ve had. It rocks to know that this entire beer (except for the yeast, I guess) came right out of the Norcal soil.